In the industry of aviation and critical system software development, AFuzion, one of the world’s leading boutique companies specializing in aviation engineering training, certification, and software development have combined experience and knowledge to deliver an outstanding service that has seen more than 25,000 aviation engineers receiving successful certification.
Today, AFuzion offers more than training and certification for certain areas but has rapidly become a guiding beacon for the avionics industry across the world. More so, AFuzion now offers some of the most up-to-date plans, checklists, and templates for various certification processes these include but are not limited to – DO-178C, DO-254, and ARP 475A. One of the most important aspects of safety-critical system development certification in avionics is DO-178C.
What is DO-178C?
The development of DO-178C stems from the 1980s when it was first introduced into the world of airborne avionics and equipment certification. Today, DO-178C has become the standard by which airborne systems and equipment certification are tested and developed, but more importantly many in the aviation industry have considered the DO-178C as the bible of avionics software development.
Although it took years to develop and fully initiate, today all aviation engineers and software developers for airborne systems follow the principles and standards set out by the DO-178C. Companies such as AFuzion have become the leaders that ensure every aviation engineer and system software developer that passes through their vigorous training procedure are fully aware and equipped with the necessary understanding and practicalities of the DO-178C and other development systems.
Furthermore, it’s not without notice that the DO-178C comprises multiple complex layers of plans, developments, and standards. These plans are what keeps aviation engineers and system software developers up to date with the changes and adaptations they need to make to their newly designed systems and equipment. Some of these plans are packed with critical information and useful guidance that need thorough consideration. Below we will discuss the five key plans of DO-178C as outlined by AFuzion.
The five key plans of DO-178C as outlined by AFuzion
Although the practical application is quite important, understanding the five key plans of the DO-178C is theoretically equally important. It’s good to know that because certain plans and standardized checklists are tailored and designed for specific systems, the plans, standards, and checklists aren’t provided by FAA/EASA.
AFuzion ranks the five key plans relative to the order of importance as follow:
- PSAC: Plan for Software Aspects of Considerationthe most important document of all which should always be submitted to the certification authority.
- SQAP: Software Quality Assurance Planproof of conformance and audit strategy to prove that conformance.
- SCMP: Software Configuration Management Planassisting with strategy control baselines changes and adaptations to recreate software.
- SDP: Software Development Plandeveloping safe software requirements, design, implementation, and integration.
- SVP: Software Verification Plandefines the strategy of reviewing, testing, and analyzing corresponding software requirements and code.